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Nov. 26, 2014: Early Smart Home Adopters Expect 50+ Wireless Sensors in Their Home by 2018

Data Reliability Was Selected as the Most Important Feature of a Smart Home System

According to an ON World survey with over 1,000 U.S. adults, over a third believe they will have wireless sensors in their home within five years and 20 percent of the likely adopters expect to have 50 or more wireless sensors installed within the next five years. 

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Nov. 25, 2014: Rees Foundation Presents HVACR and Water Heating Scholarships

Since It Was Founded in 2003, the Foundation Has Awarded More Than $275,000 in Scholarships

The Clifford H. “Ted” Rees Jr. Scholarship Foundation, a charitable foundation of the Air-Conditioning, Heating, and Refrigeration Institute (AHRI), has announced the recipients of $32,900 in scholarship funds to 18 students and veterans studying to become technicians in the HVACR and water heating industry, as well as one instructor.

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Nov. 25, 2014: Bacharach Offers Free Heating Efficiency Savings App

Heating Efficiency Savings Calculator App Is Available for iPhone, iPad, and Android Phones and Tablets

Bacharach Inc., a manufacturer of HVACR test and measurement instrumentation, has announced the release of a new app that can quickly calculate cost saving comparisons from tuning up an existing furnace or by replacing the furnace with a newer, more efficient model.

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Nov. 25, 2014: GE and Quirky Announce Connected Home Products

Companies Introduce Multiple New Smart Home Products

GE and Quirky have unveiled seven new connected home products — including a smart HVAC controller designed to replace thermostats — that are available now on the new Wink.com. At the website, consumers can purchase more than 100 Wink-compatible partner products from 15 brands.

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Nov. 24, 2014: Amzur Announces Open Source Energy Dashboard

It Monitors, Measures, and Tracks Electrical Energy Consumption

Amzur Technologies Inc. announced that it has released eNOS, an open source, cloud-based energy dashboard that collects, stores, processes, and presents energy use data — including HVAC energy usage — in real-time.

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Nov. 24, 2014: Ice Energy Awarded Contracts from Southern California Edison for Thermal Energy Storage

Will Support Renewables Integration and System Reliability by Reducing Power Consumption During Peak Periods

Ice Energy announced that it has been awarded 16 contracts from Southern California Edison (SCE) to provide 25.6 megawatts of behind-the-meter thermal energy storage using its proprietary Ice Bear ice energy storage system.

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Nov. 24, 2014: Construction Backlog Indicator Reaches Another All-Time High

2015 Will Likely Be a Strong Year of Recovery for the Nation’s Nonresidential Construction Industry

The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) announced that its Construction Backlog Indicator (CBI) reached a new all-time high during the third quarter of 2014 at 8.8 months, eclipsing the previous all-time high of 8.5 months set in the second quarter of 2014.

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Nov. 24, 2014: Wireless Control for Smart Buildings to Reach $434 Million in Annual Revenue by 2023

Convergence of Building Automation, IT, and Wireless Communications Is Driving Growth in This Market

Wireless controls can be used to link devices found in a variety of building systems, including HVAC, lighting, fire and life safety, and security and access. In addition, they often provide networked control in buildings or areas where wired controls are simply too challenging or expensive to install, notes Navigant Research. 

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Nov. 21, 2014: Fresh-Aire UV Expands Its Headquarters Facility

Expansion Includes New Test Chamber for Air Purification Products

Fresh-Aire UV®, manufacturers of Blue Tube UV® and other HVAC IAQ products, has expanded its Jupiter, Florida, headquarters by 50 percent to accommodate a growing workforce, a newly-purchased air purification product test chamber, and its recent launch into the European market.

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Nov. 21, 2014: ASHRAE Winter Conference Technical Program to Feature Five New Tracks

Conference Takes Place Jan. 24-28 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago

With five new tracks, and more than 100 sessions and 400 speakers, ASHRAE said the Technical Program for its 2015 Winter Conference will be “going big” to present attendees with relevant and timely HVACR information.

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